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SERIES: Braided Hair Half Cents 1849-1857
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1857 1/2C, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65+BN

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN
PCGS #:
1239
Diameter:
23.00 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
5.44 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
35,180
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$2,530 • PCGS MS65+ • 1-3-2012 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 1,000 R-5.0 2 / 8 TIE 2 / 8 TIE
60 or Better 300 R-6.4 4 / 8 4 / 8
65 or Better 25 R-9.0 5 / 8 5 / 8
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65+BN PCGS grade
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Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65+BN PCGS grade
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7 MS64+BN PCGS grade  
7 MS64+BN PCGS grade  
9 MS64BN PCGS grade
9 MS64BN PCGS grade

Ron Guth: The 1857 has the lowest mintage of any regular issue Braided Hair Half Cent.  By 1857, the cost of producing Half Cents and Large Cents approached or exceeded the value of the coins.  Thus, after 1857, the Half Cent was discontinued and the Small Cent replaced the old style Large Cent. 

Mint State examples of the 1857 Half Cent are relatively easy to find, but only in the MS-63 and MS-64 grade levels.  In MS-65, the 1857 Half Cents is a true condition-rarity.